Revd. Maureen Hobbs,
the new Priest at St Chad's.
Hobbs is the new Priest-in-charge for St Chad's Church in Pattingham
with St Mary's in Patshull, commencing her post in January 2009.
She has spent
the last 8 years as Priest for the three churches in Baschurch,
Western Lullingfields with Hordley in Shropshire.
Prior to becoming
ordained, Maureen lived and worked in the Thames Valley area.
Her University life resulted in a first degree in Russian and
French, following which she gained a Diploma in Business Administration.
for the ministry at Westcott House in Cambridge from 1995 to
1997 and served her Curacy at St Chad's Church in Shrewsbury.
began her work here in Pattingham on Monday 19th January 2009
when she was licensed here by the Bishop of Wolverhampton, Clive
Gregory at a service in St Chad's Church, Pattingham. This took
place in the evening at 7.30pm. followed by an informal get-together
in the Village Hall.
live and work from the present Vicarage in Dartmouth Avenue,
Pattingham. Her post will be full time with half spent on Pattingham
activities and the remaining half occupied by a position of Ministry
Development Advisor based in the Wolverhampton Episcopal area.
This is a new role which has been created by the Bishop and will
involve working with other Clergy, training of personnel, etc.
two pets, a dog and a cat. Daisy is a chocolate labrador who
will soon be enjoying country walks around Pattingham. James
is a ginger/white cat. Maureen enjoys singing and has a broad
interest in music.
Maureen to our village and look forward to taking part in all
the future activities of St Chad's Church in Pattingham.
| BBC Midlands Today visits...
first day as Priest at St Chad's, Revd. Maureen Hobbs was interviewed
by presenter Satnam Rana from the BBC programme 'Midlands Today'.
To see the resulting video that was broadcast in the programme
at 6.30pm on the 20th January.
|The name's Hobbs...
was the title used when the local newspaper, the Express &
Star interviewed Revd. Maureen Hobbs referring back to her career
when she worked worked as a Russian linguist at the Government
Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in Cheltenham before she joined
She was with the British intelligence agency during that tense
stand-off period between West and East. She says: I tell
scout groups I used to be a spy, which always goes down well.
from our new Priest-in-charge...
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